17 killed, 40 injured in suicide attack in Kohat, NW Pakistan

08:44, September 08, 2010      

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At least 17 people were killed and 40 others injured following a Tuesday night suicide bomb blast at a police residential area in the city of Kohat in Pakistan's northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkwa, local sources told Xinhua.

According to the sources, an unidentified suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden rickshaw at one of the buildings inside a police residential area, causing huge damage to the building as well as nearby buildings. Dozens of people are said to be trapped inside the buildings.

Police have cordoned off the blast area and rescue team has arrived at the scene, said an eyewitness.

All the injured people are police and their family members, said hospital sources, adding that many of the injured are women and kids. At least five of the injured people are in critical condition.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

This is the fourth suicide blast in Pakistan this month.

Source: Xinhua


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